Tom Emmer, the House representative from Minnesota\u2019s 6th district, is keen on cryptocurrency. He\u2019s re-introduced a bill that would protect digital currency traders from unnecessary regulation. The writing of the bill provides for \u201ca safe harbor from licensing and registration for certain non-controlling blockchain developers and providers of blockchain services.\u201d In other words, companies that exchange cryptocurrencies, or use them for their own purposes, would be exempt from money transmission laws so long as they do not hold their users\u2019 funds. This isn\u2019t the first time Mr. Emmer, a Republican, has introduced this bill. He previously brought it up in the 115th Congress, where it mostly got ignored. He\u2019s hoping that the 116th Congress, now controlled by Nancy Pelosi\u2019s Democratic Party, is more kind now that he\u2019s found a democratic co-sponsor in Darren Soto of New Jersey. The bill was developed in part by Coin Center, a cryptocurrency advocacy group. Their executive director Jerry Brito told CoinDesk, \u201c\u201cWe worked closely with Rep. Emmer and his staff to develop this bill last year and we\u2019re very happy to see it reintroduced in this new Congress with bipartisan support.\u201d Don\u2019t look for this bill to become a law anytime soon. The bill will need to make its way through both the Judiciary and Financial Services committees before it could come up for a full vote. Congress is also currently preoccupied with the government shutdown, which doesn\u2019t seem to have any end in sight. Britto conceded it may take some time to see progress on the bill, as \u201cthe Hill is focused on other priorities at the moment.\u201d Once Congress and President Donald Trump come to some kind of agreement to reopen government, it\u2019s still not a slam dunk for House Resolution 528 to become a law. Emmer couldn\u2019t get this bill passed with a Republican majority last year, and Democrats haven\u2019t been any friendlier to cryptocurrency yet. Brad Sherman, the Democratic representative from California\u2019s 30th District, said of digital currency last year: \u201cCryptocurrencies are popular with guys who like to sit in their pajamas and tell their wives they are going to be millionaires. They help terrorists and criminals move money around the world. Tax evaders. They help startup companies commit fraud, take money, and one percent of the time they actually create a useful business.\u201d Tom Emmer will have his work cut out for him if he wants to convince men like Brad Sherman that his bill is worth a second look.